Coaches can encourage morality and fair play


Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (now Ophea)
Basil Kavanagh

The authors outline a scenario where a child is intimidated and demoralized by criticism by his coach and peers, and they talk of the unfortunate tendency for coaches to encourage children to win at all costs. They then go on to describe a a six-step plan coaches can use to teach morality and good sports conduct through youth sport. The plan includes practical suggestions and guidelines and a basis from which coaches can construct individual plans. The process of acquiring morality and sportsmanship must take priority over winning.
Originally published in OPHEA Journal, Spring 1995.

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